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Today I started downloading the ~900mb ISO file for MS Visual Studio 2008 Express using Firefox (since it was such a large file and I don't like installing download managers that open everytime you want to download a tiny file).

I had completed 775mb and then the download froze at 86%.
I still have the download running (haven't cancelled it), and have the iso.part file.

How can I get this download to resume without having to re-download 775mb? I only get 5GB/month.

Thanks in advance
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by:manishksingh97
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Download Statusbar is a browser extension that allows you to keep track of ongoing and completed downloads in a hide-away statusbar.

Its features are listed below:

Auto-hide when not in use

Single-click pause and resume

Pause all, Resume all, Cancel all, and Remove all finished - available from the context menu of the bar itself

Run a completed file by double-clicking on the finished box. Open containing folder, remove, and rename from the context menu

In-line view of percent done, speed in KB/sec, KB downloaded so far, and remaining time, can be customized in the options.

Updating tooltip provides a more detailed view of the current download, including source, destination, size of the download, and the remaining time.

Option to automatically clear files after a specified number of seconds

Copy source URL from the context menu

Stop downloads and save them for the next browser session

Delete a file from your system from the context menu

Localized strings for translation

Download history can be viewed and configured to only keep the last download items

Option to start virus scanner when a download completes

After closing browser, option to continue downloads in download manager

To download the extension, click here.
http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/extensions/download_statusbar/download_statusbar-0.9.4.5.1-fx.xpi

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by:Ryan_R
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Link doesn't work   :)
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by:Ryan_R
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Found the addon elsewhere. How is this going to fix my problem though? Some instructions would be nice.
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by:Ryan_R
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The addon requires Firefox to be restarted, which requires my download to be cancelled, which I won't be doing until I can get a solution here.
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souseran earned 500 total points
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The bad news. Currently, Firefox does not support resuming downloads across sessions. That's a feature they're looking at for version 3.

The good news. Something in this thread might help you in the current situation.

http://www.moztips.com/bbbook/index.php?postid=365&postdesc=Visitor+Submitted%3A+Retrieve+.part+Files

For future reference, of course, there are add-ons for Firefox. This combo works well:

FlashGot: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/220

GetRight: http://www.getright.com/
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by:Ryan_R
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Thanks mate - it looks like 'GetRight' is resuming the download.
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Good to hear. :-) Thanks back atcha.
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Man Getright brings back memories...

I use Internet Download Manager (Idm for short), but it is all a matter of preference.

Flashget is a free download manager that integrates with all browsers
http://www.flashget.com/ 
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by:Ryan_R
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Um I actually still use IE7 as my browser of choice (I might user Opera but I can't completely customize the toolbars to my liking).

I use IE7Pro (www.ie7pro.com) with it's download manager and tons of other features that make IE way better and FF less tempting. Highly recommended BHO in my opinion.
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by:A_x_e_l
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GetRight is good and well, unfortunately it is blocked by tons of sites. E.g. rapidshare. A resume part file from Firefox would be sorely needed.
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